Contingent Academic Labor
Evaluating Conditions to Improve Student Outcomes

Foreword by Adrianna Kezar
Paper: 978 1 62036 252 5 / $19.95
Published: October 2017  

Cloth: 978 1 62036 251 8 / $95.00
Published: October 2017  

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Published: October 2017  

E-Book: 978 1 62036 254 9 / $15.99
Published: October 2017  

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
136 pp., 6" x 9"
23 tables & 4 figs

Series: The New Faculty Majority
Contingent Academic Labor is a concise guide that offers higher education professionals a way to measure the degree of equality taking place in work environments for non-tenure track faculty across institutional settings. It frames the relevant issues and examines the nationwide situation facing contingent faculty across the professional landscape. The goal is to review contingent faculty treatment, and offer a standardized way to identify both equitable and unjust practices that impact adjunct faculty and their students by extension.

The main feature of this guide is The Contingent Labor Conditions Score, a tool to help evaluate current labor practices that impact adjuncts in both positive and negative ways. The report card measures 3 areas of labor conditions:

*Material Equity: Pay, job security and benefits
*Professional Equity: Opportunities for advancement, professional development, academic freedom, sense of professional inclusion, and job satisfaction
*Social Equity: Gender and race parity between contingent and non-contingent faculty in proportion to the population served

This book will be useful for administrators and labor organizers alike in assessing the degree of exploitation, or empowerment, in their own institution. The Contingent Labor Conditions Score, as a standardized tool, will serve audiences on both sides of the discussion in creating positive steps forward, improving not only contingent faculty working conditions, but ultimately improving student outcomes.

Table of Contents:

Part I: Contingent Academic Labor in Broader Contexts
1) Contingent Faculty amid National Labor Trends
2) The Influence of Contingent Faculty on Student Outcomes
3) The “Cooling-Out Function” on Contingent Faculty

Part II: Illustrating the Range of Work Conditions
4) Material Equity: Pay Parity, Job Security, and Benefits
5) Professional Equity: Opportunities for Development and Advancement
6) Social Equity: Faculty Diversity and Inclusivity by Race and Gender

Part III: The Contingent Labor Conditions Scorecard
7) Introducing the Contingent Labor Conditions (CLC) Scorecard
8) Calculating the Contingent Labor Conditions (CLC) Scorecard

Appendix: Contingent Labor Conditions (CLC) Scorecard Blank Forms

Reviews & Endorsements:
"In this book, Daniel B. Davis has proposed an important practical tool for addressing the contingent faculty crisis and ensuring that all stakeholders participate in the transformation of higher education into a site of authentic excellence, and commitment to equity and equality."
- Maria Maisto, President/ED, New Faculty Majority: The National Coalition for Adjunct and Contingent Equity and the NFM Foundation
From the Foreword:
“This book, in my estimation, is one of the most important books focused on contingent faculty in higher education…I highly recommend this book to leaders within unions, academic administrators, faculty leaders - both tenure-track and contingent - as THE approach for advancing equity on college campuses.”
- Adrianna Kezar, PhD, Professor, USC, Co-director Pullias Center and Director Delphi Project